Letters to the Editor
Vail CO, Colorado
Don’t dump chair 5
I think that putting up a high-speed quad in the Sun Up and Sun Down area is asnine.
I have been a resident of the Vail Valley for 10 years now, and have seen a decent amount of changes within the valley and also a decent amount of changes in Vail Mountain and it’s management. And I have noticed a trend of wanting to get rid of everything old, anything that has any kind of nostalgia attached to it.
I am all for change or progress or revitalization or whatever you want to call it, but I am also for holding on to whatever soul Vail still has.
The skiing in Sun Up and Sun Down on a powder day is some of my favorite on the mountain, if you get there early. And as everybody who skis in Vail knows, if you don’t get there early then you get stuck in a long line and have to wait.
But that is the point, if you are an idiot and go down Ricky’s at 10 o’clock and have to wait 45 minutes then it is no one’s fault but your own. And that is what I love about that lift, it is a long line, but you have a chance to recover from the run and talk about it with your buddies.
If the resort management has to get rid of chair 5, nothing anybody says is going to stop them, but I beg them to not put an additional lift pointed towards the top of chair 3 and chair 7. Because the other beauty of Sun Up and Sun Down is the late afternoon skiing when you get to find the powder that all of the gapers missed that morning (and I will not say where to keep it that way).
An additional lift will do nothing but make sure that everything is skied out and an enormous bump field. There will be no more virgin powder fields that are in all of the advertising.
Instead there will be mogul fields inhabited by Texans fighting to stay on their feet and they will have to hire 10 more patrollers just to hunt down the people that get lost ducking ropes.
I am sorry for the rant, but I implore all other like-minded locals to start a letter-writing campaign to Vail Resorts pleading with them to stop the considering adding an additional lift at the bottom of chair 5.
Powder to the people.
For the society of people for the preservation of powder,
Miss to recallers
A miss to Mike Lederhause and fellow malcontents who tried to cash in on the popularity of the children’s Junior Livestock Sale at the Eagle County Fair by taking their Menconi recall campaign into the 4-H ring where the youngsters were finalizing their year-long effort to show off their animals.